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Is an Underinsured Motorist Policy Subject to the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay?

Imagine: an employee is injured in a car accident with another driver who is at fault. The employee settles with the at-fault driver for the limits of her liability policy. The employee, whose injuries exceed the at-fault...more

Privacy Policy Impacts RadioShack’s Sale of Customer Information

On April 10, 2015, RadioShack, and certain affiliated debtor entities, proposed a bankruptcy sale of certain assets, including Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). Deposition testimony in the case revealed that, over...more

Can a Debtor Satisfy a Claim Merely by Writing Satisfied on a Payment?

Questions sometimes arise from creditors regarding the effect of a debtor sending to a bank or other creditor a check for less than the creditor’s claim that purports to be in “full satisfaction” of the creditor’s claim...more

Two Recent Decisions Potentially Expand Fraudulent Transfer Exposure in Ponzi Schemes

Two recent decisions from the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit could expand the fraudulent transfer exposure of unknowing third parties that provide goods, services, or funding to companies operating Ponzi...more

For-Profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy In Delaware

On May 4, 2015, one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education companies in the United States and Canada, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and 24 of its affiliates, filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the Bankruptcy...more

Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or Personal?

A bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Texas recently wrote a 30-page opinion – and sent a man to jail for failure to comply with it – over a modern and unlikely issue: his Facebook page. ...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC35807 - Llera v. Commissioner of Correction [Not summarized.] - AC36240 - Customers Bank v. Tomonto Industries, LLC Plaintiff bank acquired the assets of a defunct bank from the FDIC, including the $3...more

Study Concludes That California’s Lending Laws Are Number One

In a recently published paper, Colleen Honigsberg, Sharon P. Katz, and Gil Sadka examine the relationship between debt contracts and state law.  Perhaps only Captain Renault will be shocked by their finding that “California...more

Intellectual property rights under German insolvency law

German insolvency case law on intellectual property rights has experienced rapid development in recent years, while attempts by the German legislature to regulate this subject with precision have repeatedly failed. The...more

The Fifth Circuit Shifts the Risk of Doing Business with Fraudulent Enterprises to Trade Creditors

When a debtor pays the market cost for goods and services provided to it by third-party vendors, these payments normally cannot be recovered as fraudulent transfers in the U.S. That is because the debtor receives reasonably...more

Changes to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the "RCC") relating to Contract Law and the Law of Obligations

Federal Law No. 42-FZ dated 4 March 2015 (On Amendments to Part I of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) (the "Law") was signed by the President of the Russian Federation on 8 March 2015 and is aimed at amending certain...more

New Interest Rate Thresholds

On 9 March 2015 Federal Law No. 32-FZ “On Amending Part II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation”, dated 8 March 2015, entered into force. The Law is aimed at softening the negative tax effect on borrowings resulting...more

The Standard Register Company Files Bankruptcy

On March 12, 2015, The Standard Register Company, based in Ohio, and several affiliates filed a voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Delaware. The case has been docketed as case no. 15-10541, and has been assigned to...more

French Reform of the Legal Interest Rate | Flash Info sur la rforme du taux d'intrt lgal

The legal interest rate is the reference rate used to calculate penalties for an obligation’s late performance. Calculated on the basis of the level of state financing on 13 weeks, the legal interest rate has decreased...more

CW04: 3 Biggest Mistakes When Drafting an Answer to a Debt Collection Lawsuit

T.M.I. – Too Much Information. People often put way too much unnecessary, and potentially harmful, information in their Answers. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see consumers make when they decide to draft their own...more

Debtor-trustees can run but they can’t hide behind the Fifth Amendment

Judgment debtors often try to use the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination to avoid post-judgment discovery of their assets and income. However, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri...more

With my income, I'll have to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and pay all my debts. Wrong (probably)!

The truth about this is not simple. Let's take a look at it. If you make "too much" money, you might not be able to do a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the one that gets rid of your debts quickly. The usual alternative is a Chapter 13...more

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law on College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have...

As we explained in a post yesterday, the Seventh Circuit in In re Bronk (Cirilli v. Bronk), No. 13-1123 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2015), made some new law on Wisconsin’s college savings account (Edvest) and annuity exemptions for...more

3 Secret Strategies to Winning Your Case With Portfolio Recovery Associates (Or Any Other Junk Debt Buyer)

The law in Arizona as it applies to cases brought by junk debt buyers like Portfolio Recovery Associates is somewhat in flux. This has resulted in rulings from the various courts that can be all over the place. Often the...more

How to Aggressively Defend Against Lender Liability Lawsuits

Introduction - Following an economic downturn, lenders are inundated with lender liability suits typically based on purported promises to extend the maturity dates of loans, alter the terms of loan agreements, or to...more

Creditor's Willful Violation of Automatic Stay Results in Fee Award

In Snowden v. Check Into Cash of Washington Inc. (In re Snowden), 2014 DJDAR 12677, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a bankruptcy case involving the award of attorney fees....more

Supreme Court Update: Warger V. Shauers (13-517), Integrity Staffing Solutions V. Busk (13-433) And Order List

We're back with summaries of the first signed decisions of the term, Warger v. Shauers (13-517) on whether Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) precludes juror testimony during a proceeding in which a party seeks to secure a new...more

Possible Tax Consequences of Debt Settlement

People want to pay their debts. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 11 years of practicing law is that people generally want to pay the debts that they have incurred. People usually hire me when they simply...more

New York’s "Separate Entity Rule" Reaffirmed by the New York Court of Appeals

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank. No. 162, the New York Court of Appeals reaffirmed the continued vitality of New York’s “separate entity rule.” Under that rule, a judgment creditor...more

Firm’s collection letter violated Fair Debt Act

A North Attleborough law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it sent a collection letter which included implied threats to sue that could have confused the debtor as to her statutory right to dispute the...more

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